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Aug
26
comment Note naming convention while creating scales
@NReilingh well, the aug or dim5 wouldn't show up in sheet music on the same line as the 5th. So it wouldn't be spelled with the letter of the 5th... Right? Scale spellings map which line/space the note sits in.
Aug
26
comment Note naming convention while creating scales
@NReilingh I dunno, I'd think that the "dominant HAS to have it's own letter" rule could throw a wrench in that. The reason I care about all 12 notes of the keysig is that given a midi file, my program has to draw correct standard notation for it.
Aug
26
comment Note naming convention while creating scales
@NReilingh well, there are 12 notes you need to spell in each key signature. G is spelled: G Ab A Bb B C C# D Eb E F% F If you "just sharp them", you get: G# A A# B B# C# Cx D# E E# F# Fx Hey, ya know, you're right! Sorry bout that. The seperate letter per step and tonic,dominant having their own letter still hold. I dunno though. I'm not sure that'd still be the case with all key signatures (just sharping them). But it is with this one at least.
Aug
26
comment Note naming convention while creating scales
You can't just # every note of G keysig to get G#'s. That'll break the rules of spelling scales correctly.
Aug
26
comment Note naming convention while creating scales
my answer below details the rules for ya. The G# key signature is never used since the number of accidentals are way above the number you'ld need for the equivalent Ab key signature.
Aug
26
comment Note naming convention while creating scales
That ! is a "steve-ism", sorry. I had to work these out all on my own, and so ! means "don't show the #/b as it's implied by the key signature". I don't think G# is a standard key signature. You'ld use Ab normally.
Aug
26
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Aug
26
answered Note naming convention while creating scales
Aug
7
comment What are the main topics to master in order to learn to play the piano?
Oh there is definitely science to it. Just write yourself a software synth and you'll learn a LOT about dsp, acoustics and so forth. Myself, I'm mostly into pop. So equal temperament is all I care about. It just works. But playing piano - composing notes and such - I'd still say that's pretty artsy
Aug
7
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Aug
5
answered What are the main topics to master in order to learn to play the piano?
Jul
23
comment What kind of converter do I need to go from a Yamaha-p105 'USB to Host' to standard MIDI?
If I were you, I'd sell the Alesis and use a softsynth for drums. But, of course, I'm not - I'm sure ya got your reasons :)
Jul
23
answered What kind of converter do I need to go from a Yamaha-p105 'USB to Host' to standard MIDI?
Jul
5
comment How do I connect my musical instrument to a computer?
That's GOOD! Here's something similar for midi from my website: pianocheetah.com/piano/midi.html Do you got a website, Slim? From reading your answers, I see you have plenty of content for such a thing:)
Jun
8
comment What is another term for a voice on a synthesizer?
Yeah, I was talking about the term when you're within the world of synthesis. Not in the whole world of music, per se. A voice in a synth can have timbres (waveforms) piled on top of each other, swapped in and out, morphed between like any other parameter of sound.
Jun
8
comment What is another term for a voice on a synthesizer?
Well, you said "voice" - that's the term. I thought you were looking for what the term is called in the "synthesizer vernacular"... pitchbending is pretty common in blues and pop on synthesizer, guitar and other acoustic instruments. The note starts, pitch changes continuously to the note a half or whole step up or down, then ends. So when talking about synthesizers, the term "program" or "preset" usually refers to the parameters of a sound. "voice" usually refers to a note event being played.
Jun
8
answered What is another term for a voice on a synthesizer?
May
6
comment Drums - Having trouble playing bass 16th notes
I'm no expert... do the usual - slow way down till you can do it to that slowww tempo. Also, I think 16ths on kick are usually done with 2 pedals on the kick drum, eh?
May
5
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May
1
answered Why is a grand piano better than an upright piano?